APC governors vow to tackle unemployment

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Governors elected under the umbrella of All Progressives Congress (APC) today in Ibadan, capital of Oyo State identified unemployment as a major impediment to Nigeria’s quest for economic development and vowed to tackle the menace in their respective states in particular and the country as whole.

The governors, under the aegis of Progressive Governors’ Forum, made the declaration while speaking at the first Progressive Governance Lecture entitled “Unemployment and the Crisis of Governance in Nigeria: The Way Forward.”

The lecture had in attendance APC governors, their deputies, party chieftains such as the Interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, former Governors Olusegun Osoba and Niyi Adebayo as well as Pastor Tunde Bakare among others.

The maiden lecture series was aimed at examining the nature, scope and dynamics of the current unemployment and governance crisis in Nigeria with a view to exploring alternative, creative and innovative solutions that could lead to mass creation of decent jobs and good governance in Nigeria.

Welcoming the progressive governors to the programme, the host governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi saluted the APC leaders for the initiative of proffering scientific solutions to the problems of unemployment in Nigeria.

Governor Ajimobi, who described the problem of unemployment as a global one, touching many countries in various degrees, noted that Nigeria’s unemployment rate is spiraling upwards, growing at 16 per cent per year.

“We must do something urgently as a nation to reverse this trend,’’ the governor emphasized, stressing “we must be attentive to the alarm raised by a concerned citizen who warned that of all the aspects of social misery, nothing is as heart-breaking as unemployment”, he added.

The governor said the lecture series organized by APC was to provide a platform for leadership, as, according to him “if you have leadership without governance, you risk tyranny, fraud and personal fiefdoms. If you have governance without leadership, you risk atrophy, bureaucracy and indifference.”

The Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum and Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, in his address, said the mission of the progressives was to provide a unifying platform for partnership and collaboration among all state governors that promote the principles and practices of progressive politics to address current and future governance challenges.

Governor Okorocha, who said that the lecture would be held every quarter, assured that the resolutions reached at every lecture would be adopted by all APC states and used to develop workable strategies for job creation.

The National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in his address, decried the high level of insecurity in Nigeria attributing it to the high rate of unemployment which he described as a time bomb that could explode if not urgently addressed.

Tinubu, who was represented by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, called on the leaders in the country to stop protecting their seats but rather concentrate on how to find lasting solution to insecurity and unemployment currently ravaging the country.

“The people of this country are now more determined than ever before to protect the country by way of kicking out incompetent leaders, either at the states or national level”, he said.

For former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, there was the urgent need to tackle the unemployment and security challenges currently facing Nigeria.

In his own contribution, the Interim National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande said the party was being built to lift Nigeria away from backwardness to progress through positive ideas.

He said that APC would soon commence its congresses at all levels to build structures for the party across all the voting constituencies of the country adding, “APC is now the only party presently being built for men of ideas in Nigeria. It is the strongest platform for the progressives.”

In his lecture, an Economist, Dr. Ayo Teriba noted that unemployment rate had increased three-fold in the last 15 years, with the worst increases happening between 2007 and now.

APC chieftains in Ibadan
APC chieftains in Ibadan

Teriba, who spoke on the topic: “Nigeria’s High Growth-High Unemployment Paradox”, said that to make democratic governance a tool for delivering economic tangible and enduring economic benefits in the future, Nigeria should make monthly employment data available before the end of each month, fix rail transportation, rethink fiscal policy, re-focus monetary policy and ensure that elected officials accept responsibilities for policy formulation and coordination.


  1. Joe

    The unemployment,and security problems situation in Nigeria was a direct result of massive corruption among government officials and polticians as well as to security problems caused by islamist fundermentals and affiliates poised to ensures Democracy and Jonathan administration fail.The APC is a formidable opposition party but comes 2015 Jonathan would win presidential election not because of PDP but because Jonathan good goverance.Theres no Government creating enough jobs in any economy it is the private sector. For any governor to come out and promise citizen in creating employment is a political move. Stable supply electricity, and security ,transportation good roads accelerates the growth economy and investment opportunities leading to jobs creations,and that was the focus of this administration .As far terrorist is concern it is a global problems,and Nigerians should work together to root out Boko haram insurgence and affiliates threatening the country and the world at large.

  2. Sunny Akhigbe

    I am neither PDP nor APC member but I am happy with the issue the APC governors preoccupied themselves with at this Ibadan meeting and their resolve to do something about it in their respective states. Unemployment is a time bomb which does no one any good. They should act on this their vow. If they reduce unemployment in their respective states , it will go along way in placing their party in a good stead to occupy the centre come 2015. Six months after this meeting is enough to prove that they can walk the talk. May God help you all!

  3. idbaba

    @ Paul your comment always negative why?

  4. Lord Mo

    We are solidly behind you. We are tired of Poeple Decieve Poeple (PDP) who have always promised us JOBS that they are not ready to create. Instead, Jona is just watching Diezani and her NNPC officials plunder the entire economy. Close to three years after election and about 4 years since he assumed the position of president, nothing, absolutely nothing to show in terms of employment. Guess what! They would still come to us in the next election season to tell us ‘we are going to create Jobs’. The same way they lied b4.

  5. paul

    Where is RIBADU gradually the boys are returning back home. Proud and disrespect take nobody to nowhere.

    Atiku is also missing because of the over-shadow presence of the original blood sucker BUHARI.

    tHE laughing boy AKANDE is there doing what he knew best opening his teeth as a lost monkey he is.

    When are these morons going to start their so-called scientific employment after been voted out or in their graves?


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